Reviews of “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook”

Here’s what people are saying about “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook” ….

“Fifteen years ago, Mather moved his front-yard garden in Burlington to 150 acres in Tamworth, northeast of Belleville, and today his organic farm feeds many families in the area. To put it mildly, he has learned a lot about growing healthy veg over the years and it seems to be all here in his book. The black and white photos and low-tech production values only serve to make this book seem authentic and sincere.” ~ The Toronto Star, May 16, 2013 (
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“Cam’s book is a gift to gardeners. He shares his lessons learned so that the reader feels like they have a wise mentor. The book provides a step-by-step guide from planting to harvest – and everything in between. The illustrations enhance the text, which is informative and entertaining throughout. This is a great reference book, and on my personal Top Ten Reading List for this year.” ~ Kathleen Pratt, urban gardener and social worker

“There are lots of gardening books out there (and I have a lot of them), but this one is different.  It’s simple and “down- to-earth” (pun intended) with a folksy style that made me feel like I had my own personal, expert gardener chatting with me across the kitchen table.  I discovered a compost heap full of tips and practical advice that I can’t wait to try.  His strong beliefs about growing your own food as well as conserving and protecting the environment were right up my alley/row and at the same time he made me laugh!” ~ John Wilson

“This spring I purchased “The All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook.” Your book inspired me to build my very own “CAMposter.” I hope I haven’t infringed on any patents. …. Love the book. 1,000 thank you’s ~ B.V.

“I’m working my way through your book.  It is really great.  One really nice thing is how complete it is.  From turning the sod to preserving the harvest.  That is what a lot of garden books are lacking.  Right down to the title, you have thought of everything.  One nice thing is that it includes what is difficult and the things that didn’t work which encourages people to keep trying.” ~ A.M.

“Although not a gardener I have the benefit of a long-established asparagus bed on my property.  I casually referred to the book to see if he suggested anything more than the occasional shovelful of manure I had habitually provided and was drawn further into its pages.   I was soon thinking, “Hey, I could/should/want to do that!”  Easy to understand information, appealing illustrations and good coverage of the subject.  I have recommended it to others and will continue to do so.” ~ A.G.

“I found this book to be an essential and complete introduction to the grass roots of food independence.   Cam’s expertise, conversational tone and generous references to popular music made it a charming and entertaining read!” ~ J.R.T.

“Cam’s humor and honesty sets this book apart from other gardening books. The photos aid in the explanations, and the information offered covers all aspects of gardening from soil preparation right through harvest. Great resource to keep around!” ~ K.P.

“This really is the ONLY gardening book you will ever need – every time we have a question about our gardens we grab Cam’s book and find the answer.  Witty, insightful, and down-right fun to read the All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook is a gem!” ~ E.H.
I really love this book. I have been a home gardener for about 10 years, but did not grow up gardening. This book was a super one-stop-shop when I bought it a few years ago. I love to experiment, and this book covers a wide range of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Mathers sticks to his word to focus on “easy.” His friendly style (sharing lessons learned through both experience and mistakes) really alleviate any sense of intimidation about trying the techniques. After reading this book the first time, I added potatoes and garlic to my annual garden, which have been wonderful additions – don’t know how I lived without them. Before I would have feared that these would be too difficult for me to grow, not being something seen at my local box store’s vegetable section. Mathers’ explanations are straightforward, and you really finish with an “I can do it!” feeling. Now I actually re-read this book each winter–to remind me of steps to help my yield next year, and to allow a vegetable that I have never tried to catch my eye as a possibility to try next year (peanuts? parsnips? hmmm). It is a quick and fun (lots of humor and self-effacing stories are included) read…and re-read.